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The 20 most overrated bands and musicians of all time 

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Green Day
It's not that we don't like Green Day - not at all. There's a place for their very catchy pop-punk tunes, and that place is a college dorm in 1994, or in a big field at a music festival. What they are NOT, is the voice of a generation. A giggle and a bop, sure. But take them off that fucking pedestal.
John Mayer
The new Clapton? The greatest guitarist of his generation? No! A fucking bore.
King of Leon
They used to be rough and hairy retro rockers, and were over-adored. They let it go to their heads and now they look like Urban Outfitters models.
LL Cool J
We all know that old-school rap is way cooler than the modern stuff, but LL Cool J was never as good as he still thinks he is. He's proof that longevity doesn't equal legendary.
Maroon 5
Adam Levine - You. Are Not. A God.
Muse
A bit Radiohead, a bit Queen - we get it. But people worship these dudes. Quit it.
Oasis
Oasis aped the Beatles so effectively, they started to believe their own hype. A few cool rock 'n' roll tunes, and that was all.
Pearl Jam
Remember when Pearl Jam were a good arena rock band, back before they wanted to be Crazy Horse? What happened?
Sigur Ros
Let's make a language and make people think they're stupid if they don't understand. "Dkjlihnvcvnyiruhaucthghuhjvut bhgbcxhn vcxgvsc, baby."
The Smiths/Morrissey
Morrissey has made it his business to kill all of your joy. Don't eat meat, don't have sex - you're shallow if you enjoy anything. He sings like Kermit the Frog, and his songs are boring. It's the ultimate example of "emperor's new clothes," and Morrissey is very naked.
The Stone Roses
Again, not a bad band at all, but massively overrated. "I Am the Resurrection" was a great song, but "Fool's Gold" is nonsensical, derivative crap.
The Doors
We all know it's more about the legend than the music with the Doors, so let's just focus on that.
The Police
The Police were cute enough, and they provided a launching pad for Sting's lute-playing career. "Message in a Bottle" is decent. That's about it.
The Verve
"Bittersweet Symphony" was this band's best song, and it wasn't very good. Why do people care?
The Arcade Fire
Great band, but not the saviors of modern music that we're led to believe they are. Just a decent alt-rock group.
Celine Dion
The worst thing to have happened to music in the last 30 years. A shit-bomb of pseudo-emotion.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Chili Peppers were great right up until Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991, and then it was all downhill. Perversely, that's around the time that they exploded commercially. And they never play anything off the early albums anymore. Would "Fight Like a Brave" kill you? Sort your shit out.
The Dave Matthews Band
Elevator music.
The Grateful Dead
They inspired legions of deadhead devotees to follow them around the country, then sit in the car park and do acid. Can you think of a more revered band with less well-known songs?
Coldplay
The British people would like to apologize to the rest of the world for Coldplay. Chris Martin - You. Are Not. Bono.
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Green Day
It's not that we don't like Green Day - not at all. There's a place for their very catchy pop-punk tunes, and that place is a college dorm in 1994, or in a big field at a music festival. What they are NOT, is the voice of a generation. A giggle and a bop, sure. But take them off that fucking pedestal.

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